Ever since I got my first bookbag I have loved bags. I love them in all shapes, sizes and colors. I have bags that barely hold my keys all the way up to being able to fit my whole life in them. I was switching out my bag the other day and I started to wonder…what do other people carry in their bags. So, I am asking you, what do you keep in your handbag or tote bag or fanny pack?
I currently have about 12 bags in various shapes and sizes, which is a low number for me. I have had a lot more than that, but I now try to live a downsized life. 12 might seem like a lot for someone trying to minimalize, but they all get used at some point based on where I am going and what my needs are.
My go to bag is still a backpack for every day. I can throw my wallet in it along with a notebook. I also find myself now carrying a portable phone charger and headphones, just in case, along with my sunglass case and my other glasses. I should be wearing glasses all the time, but I only bring them out when I need to see something far away. And of course, there is the lipstick. I don’t wear a lot of makeup, just a little eyeshadow and mascara, but I love a pop of color on the lips, so I always have one waiting to be used.
I never go by the trends when buying my bags. I want what I want and if it is not in “season” or the current fashion I don’t really care. I have always had my own style and even more so since moving to the islands. I am a casual girl who lives in shorts and slippahs (flip flops), so there really is no need for an expensive designer bag by Hermes or even Coach. Although Chanel one year did this really cool graffiti style backpack that if I could get my hands on, I would buy it in a heartbeat.
I do see a trend of people going back to the fanny pack. Remember those? They clipped around the waist, and it was something I only used when going to the amusement park. We used to make fun of them if you really want to know the truth, but I don’t anymore. Here in Hawaii, I see a lot of men using them. My opinion is that they wear a lot of boardshorts that don’t have pockets in them, so it’s convenient. Some men still clip them at the waist, but I see more people wearing them over the shoulder like in the picture above. Men, let me ask you, do you carry a bag of any kind or are you just a wallet in the back pocket kind of guy?
When I people watch, which I do a lot, the first thing I look at is their bag. I wonder about their lives and what they are carrying around with them all day. I am curious by nature, which is why I am a writer, I guess. This brings me back to the question…what’s in your bag?
***Question for the comments…what kind of bag do you normally carry and what’s in it?
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